Friday, May 27, 2016

Never Ever Have I Ever

I saw this post on Erin's blog, then Kimmi's, and I thought that it was a perfect not Monday/Wednesday/Friday prompt!  Granted, I'm not sure what the time frame on this is, so I decided to make it in my entire life.  So, truly, "Never have I ever.."  I did make some changes and added some locations because I felt the world wasn't properly represented.  #notsorry

Drinking is optional for this game session.. ;)

(X) Shot a gun
Yes, more please.  I even owned a gun for a few short weeks.  Too bad it wasn't the correct gun, so I sold it.
Bang bang

() Gone on a blind date
I mean, I did online dating, is that kinda the same thing?

(X) Skipped school
I was also allowed to sign all my own forms in high school and write my own excuses.

() Watched someone die
I'm not looking forward to the day.

(X) Been to Canada
More than once.  That's the benefit of having family in NY who live close to the border.

() Been to Hawaii
One day.

(X) Been to Cuba
Well, I went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so technically I was there.  Yet, we weren't allowed off base, so no going into Cuba for this girl, sadly.

NE Gate that separates the base from Cuba

(X) Been to Europe
Yep, Scotland in 2012 and Germany (+hopefully at least one more country) in June!

() Been to South America
Is it sad that I'm not really interested?  Maybe if it was somewhere like Brazil, but idk.

() Been to Las Vegas
One day

() Been to Central America
Again, lack of interest

() Been to Asia
One day.

() Been to Africa

(X) Been to Florida
Ft. Lauderdale, St. Augustine, Orlando area.
PS.  I hate Florida... except for Disney World.

(X) Been to Mexico
Pulled in for a day on a cruise.  Went to a tourist trap city.  Had some street tacos.  Bought some Cuban rum (that I later found at Total Wine).  Check.

(X) Been to the Pacific Realm
Perth and Sydney, Australia in 2012.

Sydney Opera House

(X) Been to the Middle East
2010-2011: Bahrain, please never again unless it's Egypt or somewhere I won't be sold for a ransom.

left to right from the balcony of my flat in Bahrain:
Financial Center, Grand Mosque, World Trade Center

(X) Seen the Grand Canyon in person
It's a big ditch that gave me an elevation headache.  Cool, but check.

Big Ditch

(X) Flown in a helicopter
TWICE.  The first time,  I was told I could unbuckle after we were in the air (I didn't) and when we banked left, my door flew open.  Kid Teh Megan would have been a splat in a forest somewhere in Tennessee and she obviously made #goodlifechoices
The second time was in a MH-60S and I actually got to steer the helo for a bit towards a target bouy as if we were in a rescue scenario (the helo is used for search and rescue (SAR)).  It was my 2nd to last day official working day of active duty.

() Served on a jury
Please no.

(X) Been lost
I'm directionally challenged.  It's no secret.

(X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
A few times.  The first time was a road trip with Teh Granny from Home, Home, NC to Seattle, WA and back.  We stopped in Big Sky, Montana for a few days of vacation and spent a day at Yellowstone.

Artist's Way, Yellowstone National Park

(X) Visited Washington, DC
Living an hour meant MANY DC trips.  For a proper DC trip though, you need to ride the Metro at least once.

Lincoln Memorial

(X) Swam in the ocean
Atlantic.  I've touched the Indian and Pacific Oceans and both sides of the Atlantic.

(X) Cried yourself to sleep
I want to know the secret to people who haven't.

(X) Played cops and robbers

(X) Played cowboys and Indians

() Recently colored with crayons
I recently colored with colored pencils... does that count?

(X) Sang karaoke
Everyday is a concert for me.

(X) Sang a solo or duet in church
With Teh WJL actually.

(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
College was a tough time.  #nojudgement

(X) Made prank phone calls
I always chickened out and laughed and didn't get to hang up and would talk to whoever answered the phone, since I usually prank called my friend's houses.

() Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose

(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
Every single possibility.  To include that one time that it snowed in Charleston in January.

Snow at the beach in MD

() Had children

(X) Had a pet
I consider my pets my children.

(X) Been skinny-dipping
At the beach with Teh Sister, Teh Mom, and Teh Granny.  #rebels the lot of us.

(X) Been fishing
I thought this was a no until I remembered that one time in middle school when I went deep sea fishing on a trip and I ended up green in the gills and below deck laying on a bench praying I wouldn't vomit everywhere and wishing we could cut this fishing trip short.

(X) Been boating
I like em fast, fast and speedy.. and with a raft on the back.

(X) Been downhill skiing
Why downhill skiing?  Just skiing.  Yes.  And this one time, I was peer pressured up to a black diamond (that's the hardest level) and ended up getting the most badass sled ride down the mountain when I couldn't ski down it on my own.  It kinda made it worth it.

(X) Been water skiing
Once, I was under the age of 10 and if age 30 Megan's grace and abilities are any indication as to what Child Megan's skills were, you'll know this didn't go well at all.

(X) Been camping in a trailer/RV
Teh NY Grandparents had a camper (RV) and we often "camped" in the summers when we'd go up and visit.

(X) Been camping in a tent
Teh Dad seemed to love doing this.  We lived on a huge plot of land and sometimes we'd drive to the unoccupied cow fields and camp by the stream and we'd have to pee in the barn and I absolutely hated the bugs and lack of indoor plumbing, but I did eventually master my marshmallow roasting abilities.  

(X) Driven a motorcycle
Mike Wazowski and I have had some adventures and Teh German has been talking about getting a new bike, which means that I inherit Suzi and he gets a new bike, which I'm ok with.

Mike Wazowski

() Been bungee-jumping
I kinda want to do this, but I kinda don't.  Seems like less of a good idea the older I get.

(X) Gone to a drive-in movie
The movie theater in GTMO was outside, so you could actually sit in your car and watch.

(X) Done something that could have killed you
That should probably be something(SSSSS)  #NBD

(X) Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
I try not to have regrets, to instead make everything a lesson, but yet, there are a few instances that I ignored my gut and did things anyways and they didn't turn out well.

(X) Rode an elephant
Yep, IRL.  Teh Sister did too.

() Rode a camel
Despite being in Bahrain, this didn't happen.

(X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner
I've also eaten just any of these things for breakfast as well.  #Adultingdoneright

(X) Been on TV
I actually had one of those spots at Christmas where the soliders are wishing their families back home a happy holidays when I was stationed in GTMO.

() Stolen any traffic signs

(X) Been in a car accident
Yes, and to Teh Dad: THIS MAKES ME WISE.

() Been in the hospital in past 24 months
Praise Allah.

(X) Donated blood
Once and a half.  I did it the first time in high school and it felt like they were stealing my blood from me by the end.  I tried again after bootcamp and that same blood sucking feeling got me and I told them to take it out.  Since then, no I haven't.  Also, I go through periods of ineligibility due to overseas assignments/travel and body modification.

() Gotten a speeding ticket in the past 12 months

(X) Gotten a piercing
Daith and rook and they are doing quite well.

(X) Gotten a Tattoo
3.  I really want another, but I have to be certain on it for at least 6 months before I get it and I keep redesigning and moving it around my body.  I believe my next definitive tattoo will be something running related with the total number of miles ran at Disney in 2016.

Matching sister tattoo:
Origami bird with rainbow water splatter

(X) Driven a manual transmission vehicle
Yep, my "first vehicle" was Teh Mom's Ford F150 which was a manual and even with the seat all the way up, I could barely get the clutch down.  It was disasterous.  Then Kaar was also a manual, which wasn't a problem until I lived in Raleigh and rush hour traffic.  Teh German's car is a stick, so I like driving it every now and then.  Nonetheless, I'm glad that Yurtle is an automatic 100% of the time.

Teh Kaar

(X) Ever owned your dream car
I dreamed about Yurtle for several months when I was in Bahrain and she is good to me and I love her and I wouldn't want another car.

() Been Married

() Been divorced

(X) Fell in love 

(X) Fell out of love

() Paid for a strangers meal

(X) Driven over 100mph
Max speed: 120mph.  It was scary and there were other people in the car.  If I did it again, I'd be alone in the car for sure.

(X) Been scuba diving or snorkeling
The biggest thing I miss about GTMO: Diving.

Under the sea... da dada dum.

() Written a published book/story/poetry

() Eaten snails

PS.  All those photos were taken by me.  Photos of me are by Teh Dive Buddy, Teh Humanitarian, Teh WJL, Teh Bear, former coworkers, or random strangers.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Confessions {5/25}

-At some point over the last 5 years, I've lost my complete heartlessness and I've turned into a regular old sap.  I was reading about a dog being transported through Meri's rescue and I was fine until the line, "Tomorrow we will tell you about the other dogs and be excited about the start of their new lives. But today is just for Tonka."  #dustyinhere

-Seriously, there are approximately 2-4 people's opinions on Meri's hair that I care about.  If you aren't one of those people (who know who they are), then I don't care what you think about my decision to shave my dog or what you would do if you were her owner.  #notsorry

Gratuitous photo of Phil

-Add this to my list of Bands I'm Missing While We're In Germany: Eve 6.  SERIOUSLY!?!?  Is the music world conspiring against me for some reason?  What have I done to it?  So far the list includes: Death Cab for Cutie, CHVRCHES, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, and now Eve 6.  Other acts/things coming to CHS while we're away: Jerry Seinfeld, Blue Man Group, Ben Folds w/ Charleston Orchestra (which sounds weird, but I bet would be super cool), Kelly Cup Playoffs (possibly).  I know, I know.. "But you'll be in Germany, Megan.."  Yeah well. I'd like to still enjoy local concerts AND be able to go to Germany.

Please let me explain something, Gentle Readers.. this trip to Germany is about meeting the family and Teh German seeing all the friends he's missed since the last time he went home.  It's not about being a tourist (although he did mention something about the Lichtenstein castle to me last week).  It'd be like me saying to him, "Lets go on a 3 week vacation to North Carolina so I can visit all my friends."  Sure, it'd be fun for him to go somewhere he's not been before, except that there's probably other things higher on his list than just visiting NC.

Don't get me wrong, I AM excited to go to Germany.  Yes, I'd rather go to Germany than be here for a few concerts that I might be able to see again another time.  But I'd also prefer that I get to go to Germany AND see all these awesome concerts in CHS.  If I was planning a 3 week European excursion that I've always dreamed about, going to all the touristy places, then I know I wouldn't be lamenting missing these concerts.  But I'm not.  So I'm allowing myself to whine a little.  Most people I've talked to are pretty much all, STFU you're going to Germany, don't want to hear it.  But I AM moderately frustrated about the entire situation (I'm using 3 weeks of vacation and only seeing 1 European country) and I'm trying not to be unappreciative but apparently my fear of missing out (FOMO) is on high right now, but I really think it's misplaced agitation cause by other things (lack of touristing).  #FOMOisreal

-When I think of my leave balance after I get back from Germany, I get sad.  Mostly knowing that the next time I'll be able to do another big vacation like this will be over a year from now if I take zero vacation days between now and the next one.  #needmorevacation

-I am so relieved the Stingrays lost last night.  This means that I don't have to stress out about selling our playoff tickets before we leave (in 2 days) AND I don't lose out/have to spend money.  It was a good run, but damn I'm going to enjoy all my free time on school nights.  Also, I will NEVER do pay as we play tickets again.  #lessonlearned #wavebyetothedollas

-My office apparently thinks that since I'm going on vacation in a few days that NOW is the time to come to me with tasking.  Uhh no.  #vacationbrainstartsearly

-I may be disappointed if I come back to work after being gone for 3 weeks and they haven't pulled some type of prank on me.  Most people are probably too scared to do anything, but the Tasty Tuesday crowd knows me well enough to prank me.  #imscary

-I often give myself a lot of mental shit for rarely cleaning up my digital life.  Well it has come in handy since Teh Sister had her computer worked on and they replaced her hard drive after they cracked it.  It wasn't expected so she lost all the wedding photos.  Fortunately for her, I haven't done much photo organizing in the past 6 months so I still had all the raw files.  #bestsisterever

-Today we are supposed to be getting fence posts and tomorrow the fence.  I forgot to leave the check under the doormat.  #notsorry  I talked about the "good old boy" last week, but he almost got violenced this week.  He insisted on coming on Monday to "check" and see if the tree line had been cleared for the fence.  INSISTED.  As in, I spoke to him on Friday and told him he didn't have to check because I was telling him it would be done.  Yeah well, he still wanted to check, just in case.  There are few things that make me as angry as when I say I will do something and someone insists that it won't happen.  ADD to that, I knew exactly why he needed to come check and make sure it was done... I don't have a penis.  I am 95% certain that if he had been dealing with Teh German or Teh Dad or any other male, he wouldn't have "wanted" to come and check.  THEN Teh Dad kept trying to tell me on Sunday that I should call and remind the fence guy to come and check.  No, no, I will not.  It's not MY job to tell this asshat to do what he said he was going to do.  That was a debacle and then Teh Dad switched sides (maybe a reverse psychology thing?  IDK) and ended up saying I didn't need to call him and I'm like EXACTLY!  It was very confusing. 

So on Monday as I'm geared up to go run errands on Mike, the fence guy pulls up to check on things and make his marks on the grass.  I was wearing my helmet and jacket and the guy acted like he didn't know who I was.  Seriously?  Who else would have approached you in my driveway you fucking moron?  He, of course, is surprised I ride.  I refused to take my helmet and jacket off to make him hurry up.  He then goes to the back yard and says, "Well, Megan.. I am surprised.  I didn't think you'd get it done."  Stop.  Stop talking to me, stop looking at me, break eye contact because I'm going to do 1 of 3 things: punch you in the dick (which you obviously only think with), run into your face at full speed with my helmet on, or walk away.  I went with walk away, but only because my dogs really need a fence but I did respond with, "I'm not sure why you're so surprised.  I've been telling you for a month it was going to be done."  I don't deal well with people second-guessing me.. and when it's coupled with sexism?  Get out of my face.  I do not have time for you.

About 10 minutes of his presence had went by and finally he was done muttering to himself and me telling him how to do his job (I wish I was kidding, but I had to point out to him that our property line was the grass line that he was using since he was trying to figure out how a 10 foot gate was going to fit in a 9 foot space).  He said, "Well, Megan, this is the last time you'll be seeing me, Clyde will take over from here and he will be out on Wednesday to put the poles in and Thursday to put up the fence slats."  Then he proceeded to repeat "put a check under the doormat" in about 6 different ways.  It's really good my helmet squishes my cheeks so that way he couldn't see me actually smiling when he said I wouldn't have to see him again.  #getoutofmyyardyousexistpig #justbecauseyouactnicedoesntmeanyouarentsexist #veiledsexism

-I hated cleaning shitty house.  I love cleaning House.  I swept and vacuumed the entire house yesterday and it was delightful.  It helps that you can actually SEE how clean it is.  #seeingisbelieving

-FB profile photos are such a big deal for me.  I have to find THE perfect photo.  It could take forever.  Or 20 minutes.. just to select a photo.  I really wanted the want with the Hitler 'stache, but thought that just in case people in Germany wanted to friend request me, I'd hold out on that one.  #blastfromthepast

-We're going downtown to the market today to pick up souvenirs for Teh German's people.  This could either be really good or really bad since we are going downtown after we get off work around 4:30.  Hopefully traffic won't be too bad and all the merchants will still be there.  The best part is that this just makes room for stuff when we return!  #wishusluck 

Linking up with:
Life with Lolo
Humpday Confessions with Nadine and Kathy

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekend Review {5/23}

...the last weekend before Germany!


Friday was an interesting work day.  I teleworked in the morning so I could take the dogs to the groomer at 08, then went to the office for a bit, then left around lunchtime to pick up the dogs and come home and wait on the loveseat to be delivered.  Teh German made mention of coming home early, which from hence forth I will completely disregard as that will probably never happen again.  Also, I'd rather be surprised when it does happen, than disappointed it didn't.

The experience at the groomer was remarkably bad, which I reflected on my Yelp review.  Customer service was horrible, the dogs nails were barely even cut (so they are still clicking on the floors, which means that I now have to redo their nails, which irritates me since I paid someone to do it), I'm pretty sure neither got their teeth brushed.  I'm not sure what I paid $100 for other than someone running clippers all over Meri, someone furminating Phil, and someone touching their toes with a dremel for about 3 seconds.  Guess what, I can do all those things at my house.  What this really means is that I'm super spoiled.  I realized the root of the problem is that I took Meri to be groomed for the first time at a GEGR person who grooms dogs and she is AHHHmazing.  She is also a unicorn, because I'll likely never find someone else who lives up to my grooming standards like she did, which means that I'll have to start grooming them myself, which is the absolute worst, but at least I'll save some dollas.  More treat yo self money for Megan!

Their ears bring me so much joy.

The building manager at work gave me some herbs from the cafe that I could plant!

When Teh German did finally come home, I finished up cleaning the bathrooms, and we ended up going out for dinner since he'd been suggesting going out all week.  Originally, I suggested sushi, but Teh German suggested Carolina Ale House (bleh) and since he'd had a bad day, I agreed to the ale house.  When we got there, the was a 30 minute wait so I nixed the idea.  He suggested BWW since they might have the Stingrays game on.  I don't know why I thought that BWW would be faster than sitting through the wait at the ale house, but I did, so I agreed.  Of course, our food took forever to come out.  Despite the manager being a Stingrays fan, he couldn't find the game on directTV, so we didn't get to watch the game.  After we finished our food, we headed home and listened to the game.  We stayed up waiting on Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom to arrive, which finally happened around 11:30.

Soon after, it was bedtime.


This was a big weekend for House.  It was supposed to rain all day on Saturday, so Teh Dad and Teh German decided that Saturday was for cutting a hole in the garage wall to put in a door for storage under the stairs.  It didn't rain at all and ended up being a super nice day despite the humidity.  After breakfast and a trip to Lowe's, the men came back fully equipped and started making all kinds of racket that disturbed the dogs.  Teh Stepmom and I started cleaning.  I was also doing side projects that needed to be done.  Like washing all the dog collars since I found mold on them, setting the thermostat schedule, getting the adhesive from the edge guards off the foot board, putting the mirror on the dresser (first time since it came off in MD), trimming the pull cords on the blinds...  After I was done with all that, I started helping Teh Stepmom clean the windows.  Then I got side tracked and started cleaning the marks off the walls and I wiped down all the kick boards and railings on the stairs and vacuumed.

So much string!

I think they both got a lot of joy from cutting a hole in the brand new house.

Goo Gone is not nearly as magical as I had expected it to be for $5 a bottle.
Also, thanks Chase for my scraper.

At some point I made lunch and we all returned to our cleaning activities.  Around 5, Teh Dad and Teh German finished up on the door and Teh Stepmom had finished all the upstairs windows.  A former coworker had invited people over to watch the Stingrays game since they had bought the live stream, so we had planned to go grab dinner at Willie Jewell's then head to their house to watch the game.  Of course, everyone loved Willie Jewell's, as they should.  This was Teh Stepmom's first hockey game (apparently it's my/our job to introduce people to awesome things, a mission I gladly accept), and she said she enjoyed it.  It helped that we won.  After the game, we stopped by Food Lion so Teh Stepmom could have creamer for her coffee.  Teh German and I had a tiff over when we are leaving MD after we get back from Germany which wasn't pretty at all AND Teh Stepmom got to witness it.  Good times.  It ended with us giving each other the silent treatment for the rest of the night after I got in my last comment about it not just being HIS vacation.

When we got home, it was awkward turtles bedtime for everyone.


Sunday morning, I was still pissed.  I was feeling better about the whole vacation situation after Erin told me that I should appreciate that Teh German wants to share his German life with me while we're there and then he tried to shut me down on doing some DC touring when we gets back.  Yeah, I'm back at square one and each time I think about it, there's another facet that comes into play about why I'm so irritated at the entire vacation situation, which is equally obnoxious.

Instead of going back to bed after feeding the dogs, I stayed up and did House things.  I put the word poetry magnets on the fridge in the garage (a happy medium for me and Teh German since he wanted no magnets on the kitchen fridge so I only put a limited amount on it and put the rest outside in the garage), after a more decent hour, I rolled out the rug that had been in the bedroom at Shitty House that a critter had peed on (not sure who).  I vacuumed the rug and cleaned it with the carpet cleaner to try and get the pee spots out.  Of course, that got everyone out of bed.  Teh German and Teh Dad went to work outside on "extending" the backyard.  Of course, the property line is still the same, but clearing out several feet of trees to prepare for the fence looks like it doubled the size of the backyard.

Teh Stepmom and I had planned to meet Twin Mom to get our nails did at 11.  I made us late because I was trying to finish up a project before we left.  At 1115, we arrived and we had to wait a bit for chairs to open.  Finally, we got to sit.  I got my toes did for Germany and I think they are rather cute.  I even did an accent toe, which is a first for me.

While Teh Stepmom was getting finished up, Twin Mom and I headed to Harris Teeter to pick up some items off my list.  I had wanted to go to brunch originally, but Teh Dad and Teh German hadn't eaten lunch yet so I knew we'd have to go and feed them first before we did anything else.  We stopped at Raisin' Canes for lunch.  I had never been there before so I didn't realize the only things on the menu were chicken tenders, slaw, fries, their special sauce, and fountain drinks.  I had anticipated something more like KFC.  Lesson learned.  The food was bearable, unlike the 30 minute drive home smelling fried chicken with a super hangry Megan who was driving through very congested parts of North Charleston....

When we got home, we called the guys inside and we had lunch.  They returned to their deforestation of the backyard, Teh Stepmom took a nap, and I headed back out to Walmart to pick up the rest of the items on my list.  I went to Walmart on a Sunday during the middle of the day.  It was like I was really testing myself.  I picked up a bunch of stuff that we needed, in addition to the rest of the grocery list I didn't get at Harris Teeter (because those mofos are expensive.  $4.50 for a box of ritz crackers (or I could buy 2 and get a free JIF peanut butter..)  Or I just go to the Walmarts (lol) and pay $3.75 for a family pack).  I was backing into the garage when I got a text message from Teh German asking me to buy a shovel.  Fortunately for him, I had a shovel and a rake and a trash can for recycle in tow.

After getting Yurtle unloaded, I figured it would be a good time to start utilizing my under-stairs-storage area.  I grabbed the hand truck and started bringing boxes from the office to the garage and putting them away.  Now we have another exposed corner in the office!  The boxes that are left are boxes that need to be gone through and the stuff needs to be put away like bookshelf contents and Teh German's box of stuff that got moved from the Closet.  There's also more of the same stuff upstairs in first child closet and the loft, but it will also be there after Germany.

Teh Stepmom got up and started working on the windows downstairs and we discussed a dinner plan.  I hadn't laid anything out to thaw (oops) so I suggested I'd pick something up that I could bring home since I knew Teh Dad and Teh German were not going to want to leave the house after laboring all weekend.  We all agreed on Chinese and I also put on my #bestgirlfriendever hat and picked up some beer for Teh German.

When I got home, the guys were finishing up and eventually came inside to eat.  After dinner, showers were had and we chilled for an hour on the couch until it was finally bedtime.

New backyard:


New garage:
I call it my hobbit hole.

Meri photobomb

It was a crazy productive weekend.  I'm sure that Teh German would like to go to bed early tonight, except that we have a Stingrays game to attend.  If we win, we won't have to play tomorrow (which means I save $45!!).  I'm hoping this is the case.  I still need to sell our playoff tickets, uuugghhh.

YAY House...

Next weekend = MD/GERMANY BOUND!!!  Soooooo excited!

Linking up with:
Biana @ BLovedBoston

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five on Friday #87


I redid my Myers-Briggs test (twice for "accuracy" here and here)... this time I got:
Extravert(12%)  Sensing(25%)  Feeling(28%)  Judging(34%)
  • You have slight preference of Extraversion over Introversion (12%)
  • You have moderate preference of Sensing over Intuition (25%)
  • You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (28%)
  • You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (34%)

In interesting news, my extroversion continually decreases as I get older.  I used to be 80+% extroverted.. and now.. well, times have changed.

I find it interesting to see the differences in the results.  Also, please note that I took top one on Weds night and the bottom on Thurs morning.

I'm not sure how much I agree with these, but at least some of these things are true.  Or maybe it's more true than I want it to be?  Except for the part about working with a team.  I hate being on team projects.


Due to fattiness becoming a thing (thanks mostly to a lack of will power not to eat all the shit and the absence of working out), I've been trying to get back on the workout regime.  Except that, it's not going well.  Our schedule just hasn't really worked well with going to crossfit or even running.  The crossfit gym we I go to is now very far away.  Couple that with rush hour traffic, I'd rather solder my eyes closed.  Even if I wanted to deal with traffic, next week we have hockey on Monday and Tuesday because the Stingrays are letting us down and not winning games.  If we don't make it to the final playoff round, I wouldn't be too heartbroken since that would mean not having to deal with selling the tickets before we go on vacation.

All that to say, I've barely had time to workout.  Yes, I know I could make time, but we're getting up at 0520 and if I'm not in bed by 9pm, I can barely function the next day.  Also, I like to have some down time before going to bed.  So after coming home at 5 and dealing with the dogs and making dinner and my down time, it's already bedtime.  To suggest getting up earlier is a fruitless attempt, please do not bother.

So I'm going to Germany with my chub.  Whatever.  My personality is still charming AF.


Encouragement from my Gentle Readers to #treatyoself worked!  I scheduled my thai massage and cupping facial (that's not even dirty for you pervy Gentle Readers) for next Thursday.  What this really means is that I need to be packed by Wednesday night so I don't have to worry about it after my massage...  I'm almost certain that won't happen, but at least I won't be going into vacation completely in knots.

This place also offers acupuncture and I kinda want to try it.  The only downside is they are on the edge of downtown Charleston.  This means I scheduled my appointment at 1 so I didn't have to deal with rush hour traffic to get home.  #priorities since driving in rush hour stresses me out.


A few thoughts on sexism from a more objective perspective.

Funny Coincidences

Adult moments in cartoons that you never noticed.. until now.

Food truths.

What asshole eats corn like this?!?!
(exceptions made for those under the age of 10)


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Relaxing at HOME instead of feeling obligated to unpack everything RIGHT NOW.
  2. Listening to All the Light You Cannot See on my commute to/from work.
  3. My bathtub.  The jets.  The ability for water to drown out all other sounds.
  4. Getting to telework for 1/2 the day today.
  5. Magical fairies who drop off forms at my house so I don't forget to fill them out in time.
  6. When Teh German tells me about plans we have in Germany..... to see the Lichtenstein castle.  If you don't understand the relevance of the Lichtenstein castle.. I question our relationship. #priorities
  7. Seeing how content Meri and Phil look asleep on their slumber balls.
  8. Funny internet articles.
  9. Having photoshop skills for my homies.
  10. Scheduling my #treatyoself session

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.
Linking up with these ladies since it's FFFFRRRRRRIIIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Confessions {5/18}

-I believe that account activation fees are a crock of shit.  Mostly when they are more than $10.  Here's why.  To send someone out to my house to check my meters doesn't take that much gas considering I'm only 10 minutes away from all the city's main offices.  Additionally, creating an account in a system database doesn't take that much effort.  It possibly takes an entire minute to type in my information and click a few more buttons and voila, technological magic happens...  If you are coming to my house and actually physically dealing with hardware and setting stuff up, then I don't get as grumbly about your activation fees.  #cheapo

-Kathy mentioned cupping in one of her posts (like a million years ago since that's about how far behind I am on reading blogs) and now I want a cupping massage and facial in a way I can't explain.  My dilemma is do I wait until after Germany (so after I'm messed up from the flights) or just go now and celebrate surviving the buying a house process?  #treatyoself

-Another month of missing the Show Us Your Books linkup.  At this point, I'm not really surprised.  Also, I haven't read any books in the last month... so there's that.  #reading #failure

-I was so excited about finding the "witchy stick" with Teh Sister, I forgot to buy the broom I had picked out.  #toomuchexcitement

-After spending $50 on foam stuffing for the dog beds, I was informed that the company that sells the beds would actually have sent me extra stuffing for free.  This irritates me because I posted about it in a FB group before the foam arrived and then posted after pictures in the same group, at which point someone told me about the free stuffing...  If someone had said that I could get free stuffing on the original post, I would have returned the foam and saved myself $50.  #thankspeople

-I used to think that when I got a new car, I'd be able to pick out any color I wanted.  When I got Yurtle, I learned that color options are limited to whatever the company decides to offer unless I wanted to pay to have it painted after the fact.  Yurtle is blue because black, brown, red, white, and orange were not appealing options for me.  #probablywouldhavepickedgreen

-I don't like frozen peas.  I will only eat peas fresh or from a can.  #elitist

-I prefer macaroni salad with peas and eggs.  #inrandomnews

-I made the decision to go to crossfit yesterday evening.  This is surprising because:
1- I haven't been in.. a while (who's counting days?), so that made it difficult.
2- It was raining.  Charleston drivers don't function in the rain.
3- Crossfit is 35 minutes away from House on a not-raining-no-traffic-day.

Before and after...
PS.  The real reason I took the after photo was to show Teh Sister just how much bigger one of my boobs is than the other right now.  WTF body.  #getyourshittogether

Results of my decision:
We did sprints in the rain.  Usually rain runs don't bother me.. but when I have to come right back inside and lift a barbell or try not to piss my pants while I'm attempting to jump rope.. It does.
Also, I was wearing brand new shoes and we were running in the rain.  Let me describe to you my feelings about this (thank you Kevin Hart):

Then I spent AN HOUR getting home.  I got to endure my own Charleston Hell:
Rain + (2Train) + Rush Hour Traffic + Shitty Charleston Drivers = Megan's Ultimate Misery.  PS.  That's the only time math has accurately described my life.  #suckitCalculus #CharlestonHell #neverdoingthatagain

-Teh German set up the TV downstairs for the time being until we replace it with something larger (because the room is huge) and the first show we watched was Grey's Anatomy, but about 3 minutes in, I suggested Teh German change it and he put on TMNT.  #80skids

-We still have tortillas from cinco de mayo and sausage and eggs from scottish eggs, so we got creative at work the other day.  We made sausage patties in the toaster oven, soft boiled eggs in the water boiler, then we made breakfast quesadillas in the quesadilla toaster thingy.  It was delicious.  #Imtheofficialeggpeeler #secretskills #thathashtagcouldgomultipleways #imhungry

-When I got home last night, the 2nd batch of Hue lights was sitting on the counter.  That slightly made me a nicer person.  So prettay.  Teh German created the Germerica (Germany+America) scene with the front 3 lights being red, white, and blue, and the back lights are yellow, red, and off (for black).  He has a lot of fun playing with the lights.

-Because I was cold and tired last night, I finally used my bathtub after dinner.  With the jets on, I couldn't even hear Teh German playing music downstairs (thankfully, as he was trying to get the bass to work properly and I was too grouchy for all the noise (I actually drove most of the way home last night in silence, Teh WJL style)).  I lit a candle, turned on the first episode of Friends, drank my hot chocolate, and did a VO5 hair oil treatment.  #itwaseverythingIddreameditwouldbe

That is my Kindle, NOT a TV in my bathroom.

-Then when I got out of the bathtub, my relaxation immediately evaporated when I discovered that Meri had pooped FOUR TIMES in the guest room, which meant that I had to clean the carpet.  That does explain why she was booking it upstairs after she came inside yesterday.  #assholedog

-I spoke with the fence contractor yesterday and he told me they were starting the project next Wednesday and it would be finished on Friday.  Originally, we discussed them starting on Monday and being completed by Friday, the 27th, to mean: be finished on the 26th because we are leaving Friday morning/Thurs night for MD.  Yeah.  Apparently, he looked at the April calendar when I said start on Monday because April 25th is a Monday.  So when he told me they were starting on the 25 (of May), I was a little concerned for several reasons.  1- we are clearing out some of the trees behind the house over the weekend and we'd like the HOA not to notice, which is easier if they are putting fence stuff in.  2- There's no way to get it done in 2 days.  I told him if he wanted his money, they needed to have it done by Thursday and starting on Monday was my preference.  The guy I've been dealing with is a "good ole boy" and while I don't usually mind these interactions, I have a feeling I probably should have went with a different fence contractor and this wouldn't be an issue.  #homeownerproblems

Linking up with:
Life with Lolo
Humpday Confessions with Nadine and Kathy